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ScriptsΔωροθεα Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.do-ro-TE-a German
dawr-ə-THEE-ə English

Meaning & History

Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωροθεος (Dorotheos), which meant "gift of God" from Greek δωρον (doron) "gift" and θεος (theos) "god". The name Theodore is composed of the same elements in reverse order. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. It was also borne by the 14th-century Saint Dorothea of Montau, who was the patron saint of Prussia.
VariantsDorte, Dorthe, Dorete Danish Dorothy, Dortha, Dorthy English
DiminutivesThea German Dora Dutch Ditte, Dorit, Ea, Tea, Thea Danish Ea, Tea, Thea Norwegian Dee, Dodie, Dolly, Dora, Dory, Dot, Dottie, Dotty, Thea English
Masculine FormDorotheos Late Greek
Other Languages & CulturesDorotea, Doroteja, Dora, Tea Croatian Dorota Czech Tea, Teija, Tiia Finnish Dorothée French Dorottya, Dóra, Dorina, Dorka Hungarian Dorotea, Dora, Doretta Italian Dorotėja, Urtė Lithuanian Dörthe Low German Doroteja Macedonian Dorota, Dosia Polish Doroteia Portuguese Dorotéia Portuguese (Brazilian) Doroteja, Dora Serbian Dorota Slovak Doroteja, Tea, Teja Slovene Dorotea, Dora, Dorita Spanish Dorotea, Ea, Tea, Thea Swedish
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Depiction of Saint Dorothea of Caesarea by Francisco de Zurbarán (1650)Depiction of Saint Dorothea of Caesarea by Francisco de Zurbarán (1650)

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